Stand on the edge of Mount Napier, the most recently active volcano in Victoria, and enjoy magnificent views from the Grampians to the sea. There is a walking track to the summit that winds through manna gum and Blackwood forest and past impressive volcanic features.
There is a walking track to the summit, which leads through the forest and past interesting volcanic formations. The walk winds through manna gum and Blackwood forest and past impressive volcanic features including a lava canal and tumulus and featuring a scoria zone at the summit.
The park also takes in the Byaduk Caves, one of the most extensive and accessible sets of lava caves in Australia. The Byaduk Caves in Mount Napier State Park are a very extensive and accessible set of lava caves. Being so young (only 8,000 years), they are largely unweathered and still maintain their natural state.
The caves were formed when a spectacular lava fountain several hundred metres high roared up from a lava lake in Mt Napier’s crater. The lava rose from a depth of over 30 kilometres and its temperature was about 1200 degrees celsius. It flowed in four directions, and the westerly flow, down Harman’s Valley, extends for approximately 24 kilometres to Mount Eccles and contain wrinkles, stalactites and stalagmites, columns and ropy lava.
Before you go
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